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It would almost be strange if there were not hesitation and it could mean anything - could be considering, pass, 5, bidding own suit, investigating slam …
Aug. 17, 2018
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2NT opening in our methods. But 1 otherwise.
Aug. 6, 2018
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You might not get the chance to bid 6 if partner bids 6 in response to your “pick-a-slam”. But 6 might still be the better contract.

With hind-sight I quite like Jyri's 5 response and I would expect partner to interpret it correctly.
Aug. 6, 2018
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If the opponents have an agreement to to jump-shift on a singleton under some circumstances, then they should be alerting because you “are entitled” to know, rather than because you “would appreciate” knowing.

They should be alerting because the regulations require an alert, not out of courtesy (which is what I interpret Ed as saying).

If the opponents have no such agreement (quite likely for most pairs, I would think), then in my opinion, the bid is a psyche. Nothing wrong with that - psyches are part of the game.
Aug. 6, 2018
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It is easy to follow the principle “never complain, never explain” when you are deceased.
Aug. 3, 2018
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I come from a background of weak NT / 4-card majors. My perspective is:

Q1. Yes the auction 1m, 1M; 2M is more constructive in the context of a weak NT system. You can guarantee that opener has extras, either in the form of 15+ HCP if balanced or the additional playing strength from an unbalanced hand and usually a five-card side suit (4441 hands being the exception). You need to agree whether you will include three-card raises in your 1m, 1M; 2M auction and if so what hand types (there are pros and cons either way).

Q2. I don't see the need to open 1 on all balanced hands - but in our system we will often open 1M with balanced hands outside of the range!

Q3. Most of your NT responding structure will still work when playing a weak NT. Jacoby transfers are extremely useful and I don't see why you would want to jettison them. Texas transfers are much less useful. Prefer instead to play 1NT, 4M as natural allowing you to play 4M from either side (4M direct or via Jacoby transfers) depending upon hand texture. If you don't yet have a sound run-out method over 1NT doubled, you should add one.

More generally, I wouldn't bother varying the no-trump range depending on vulnerability, but I am more nervous opening 1NT in third seat - this is where you might want to keep things more sound.

Support doubles / redoubles are much less important in a weak NT base and I would strongly suggest that they are abandoned. A better use for the double is to show a balanced hand in the strong NT range, but an inadequate stop.
Aug. 3, 2018
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Agree, 1C natural(4+ clubs) seems to be a fundamental omission.
July 17, 2018
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This post illustrates the dangers of referring to a convention by name, rather than describing what is the agreed meaning of the bid.

The Opening Post describes a 3H bid as a Western Cue bid. David comes from the UK and does not understand the meaning of a “Western Cue Bid” and asks what it is and is given a reference with: “The Western Cue Bid is a 3-level cuebid that asks partner to bid 3NT with a stopper in the opponents' suit”. Clearly under this definition a 4H call cannot be a Comparable Call since (a) it is not at the three level and (b) it cannot be asking partner to bid 3NT.

David thanks Steve for the definition and states that it is what we call a DAB . But the definition of a DAB in my partnership is: “We have the values for game, but I have no clear bid. Please describe your hand further”. Using this definition, a 4H call may, or may not, be a comparable call – I have no idea since the OP did not state what a 4H call would mean.

To answer the question in the Opening Post, I would want to know (a) what was the intended meaning (not the convention name) of the 3H bid and (b) what is the partnership agreed meaning for a 4H bid.
July 9, 2018
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Am I missing the part where you told us whether it is IMPs or MPs?

EDIT: sorry, yes I did miss it in the bullet point questions. Oops.
July 7, 2018
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Not my methods, but the hand suits the methods and 2 seems obvious.
July 4, 2018
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Thank you Roland, this is a timely post on an issue that I have also been interested in. One of your “Just Bridge” situation is improvising a jump shift in order to create a force. An interesting example of this was discussed in:
https://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/intermediate-forum/bidding-problem-2-pk2750qm18/?cj=668656#c668656
Most respondents seemed to feel that a jump shift on a singleton was “just bridge”.

My Machiavellian idea was that if responder were to employ another of your “Just Bridge” scenarios (passing bids described as forcing) we could end up with the absurdity of a Burn's Law violating 3-1 fit:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-j3kbkoiv4d/

I didn't attract as many takers as I thought I might (maybe my example was not well chosen?), but I liked the idea of a 3 contract after 1, 1, 3, Pass on these hands:

32
A4
AKT85432
A

98764
QJ932
-
975
June 20, 2018
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And if the auction was hypothetically 1, 1; 3?

What would you bid then?
June 19, 2018
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Roll back to 3 AND apply a heavy procedural penalty for knowingly acting on Unauthorised Information. Then apply a further procedural penalty for “The 4S bidder was calmly asked why he bid 4S. The 4S bidder went ballistic.”
June 13, 2018
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3 is purportedly a natural bid (not alerted). A natural bid promises at least a three-card suit (at least where I play, based on EBU regulations).

In my opinion, if the 3 bid was actually based on a two-card suit it could be argued to be a deviation. But bidding 3 with a singleton is a gross mis-statement of suit length and is a psych.
June 7, 2018
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Is 3♠x going down? If partner passes?
May 30, 2018
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You started with 11 HCP and deducted 1 for the lack of aces, 1 for the sterile 4333 shape and 1 for the lack of intermediaries?

Or just miscounted? :)
May 25, 2018
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For many of us these days it would promise a six-card suit, since it suggests an unbalanced hand and the opener is not two-suited (since the rebid has by-passed diamonds and hearts).

But this means that we have to be prepared to open 1NT with a five-card spade suit, 12-14 points and 5332 shape.
May 25, 2018
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Partner was pretty aggressive. You might have held:
♠QJX
♥KJXXX
♦JXX
♣AK
May 21, 2018
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So partner, who doesn't have a singleton or void:
- has two fast losers in clubs
- has two fast losers in diamonds
- is missing the AK of trumps
- Doesn't have a source of tricks (he can't have a six-card side suit and has at best a poor five-card side suit).

Yet he is committing us to the five level and cue-bidding in search of a slam. What is he smoking?

I guess that if you trust partner then you really can't be any better … but I'm still struggling to picture partner's hand!
May 18, 2018
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Just out of interest, how many losers do you assess for this hand Richard? LTC is far from an exact science and different authorities make differing adjustments.
May 17, 2018
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